The Art of Conversation with the Independent's Kathryn Eastburn at All Souls Unitarian Universalist Church, 730 N. Tejon St. Ms. Eastburn will discuss the ins and outs of journalism and some of her Domestic Bliss columns. Sun., Jan. 26, 6:30 p.m. 633-7717.
Colorado's Performance Poetry Festival will begin in Salida. Festival includes wandering troubadours, workshops, open poetry mics, performances and more. Thurs., Jan. 30 to Sun., Feb. 2. For tickets, info, and a brochure, go to www.allonecaravan.com or call 719/221-1588.
Pam Rafael Berkman will read and sign The Falling Nun and Other Stories at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Free. Thurs., Feb. 2, 5:30 p.m. 635-1195.
James Humes will read and sign his Which President Killed a Man? at the Chinook Bookshop, 210 N. Tejon St. Free. Sun., Feb. 9, 1 p.m. 635-1195.
Poetry Open Mic: Sundays at Organic Earth Caf, 1124 Manitou Ave., 7 p.m. to 2 a.m. 685-0986. Every second Wednesday of the month at Utopia Caf, 117 E. Bijou St., 633-1080. Every third Tuesday of the month at Jack Quinn's, 21 S. Tejon St., 385-0766. All start at 8 p.m.
What it Takes to Get Published by Laura Hayden. Learn publishing lingo, the etiquette of the business, the unwritten rules and the financial realties. Tues., Feb. 11, 9:30-11 a.m. at Author! Author! Bookstore. $12 Registration required, 633-4991.
Freelance Writer Boot Camp, Cheyenne Executive Plaza, 108 E. Cheyenne Road. Local freelance writers and authors Steve Rabey, Wendy Burt and Steven Saint will lead seminars on query writing, researching freelance markets and article basics. Students will also receive on-the-spot critiques. Continental breakfast is included. $45. Sat., Feb. 22, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. For more, call 638-6876 or e-mail email@example.com.